Unfortunately, it is all too easy for children hear negative talk about who they are, or how they do things, and begin to believe it. Their self-esteem takes a big hit. This is the case with a young girl named Cassandra, in the children’s book “Cassandra’s Angel” from Sterling Children’s Books. In beautiful rhyme, author Gina Otto shares Cassandra’s story with us, and lovingly reminds readers that each one of us is unique and special.
Cassandra’s mom says she’s messy, neighbor kids won’t play with her because they think she is too different from them, and her teacher calls her incorrigible. Cassandra feels inadequate, stiffled, and alone.
It just isn’t fair. I am one big mistake.
I am a mess. I’m a problem, you see.
I’m incorrigible and they have no time for me.
Everyone believes it, which must make it true.
Even I start to believe it. Well, I almost do.
But deep down inside I know that I’m good;
though most of the time I feel misunderstood.
Thankfully, Cassandra meets her angel who lovingly tells her that those feelings of being “good inside” are true, and that Cassandra indeed has something very special that only she can give to the world.
All of those things people have said to you–
They are stories, Cassandra–not one of them true.
You are never just what they believe you to be.
You are even more than you think that you see…
It’s not what you do. It’s about who you are,
for you are as bright as the sky’s brightest star.
My Thoughts on the Book Cassandra’s Angel
Growing up can be hard. All kids have times when they feel they don’t fit in or can’t seem to do things right. How wonderful to have Cassandra’s Angel on hand to read with our children, reinforcing the belief that each of us has special gifts to share. Cassandra’s Angel also stresses how important it is to believe in oneself no matter what – another invaluable lesson for our kids to learn! Children need to hear the messages in Cassandra’s Angel over and over again.
My girls and I enjoy the thoughtful poetry and the bright, engaging illustrations in this book. My four year old, who is not yet reading, loves finding the details of the story line in the illustrations. Cassandra’s Angel would make a wonderful addition to any child’s book collection.
Buy Cassandra’s Angel
Cassandra’s Angel can be purchased on Sterling Children’s Books website for $14.99, and from other on-line retailers like Amazon.com.
Win Cassandra’s Angel (Cl0sed)
Sterling Children’s Books is generously offering one hardback copy of Cassandra’s Angel to three lucky AOM readers!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. In order to comply with the latest Facebook Promotion Guidelines (revised 5/11/11), the following statements are true:
* Giveaway participants release Facebook from any responsibility whatsoever.
* Giveaways on this blog are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
* Giveaway participants are providing information to this blog and giveaway sponsors only; not to Facebook.
Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on March 19, 2012 when a winner will be drawn at random. I will notify the winners and they will have 36 hours to respond or another winner will be selected!
This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Sterling Children’s Books who provided the products for review and giveaway.